We hate to see problems with any game, but it's especially painful when that game is one of the best of the generation .
We're starting to hear reports that the PlayStation 3 version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has a major problem after about the 40-hour mark. When the save file gets too large and the PS3 cache gets too big, the game really starts to lag big time. Apparently, this includes major texture drop-off and entire pieces of the environment disappearing from view.
As an example of the problem, check the comments at Amazon.com , where the concerns are clear. At the top is a long post explaining how to bypass the problem; it basically involves taking a break after playing for 2-3 hours and turning off the auto-save function. Now, for the record, I remind everyone that I had the Xbox 360 version for review so if that 9.7 for the PS3 version causes problems, I apologize.
That being said, even if I did have the PS3 version, the score probably would've been the same, as I wouldn't have played long enough to encounter these issues with the save file size. The problem is that some people are just saying, "oh, just save and reboot, no big deal." However, we don't believe we should have to do this with any finished game. Hopefully, this is something Bethesda will address very soon, because no game should have to suffer this sort of severe issue.
Related Game(s): The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim